Dried orange slices make such pretty holiday decor for garlands and ornaments. Not only is it very simplistic, but you can use to decorate past the holidays through the winter months. Scroll down to learn how to dry orange slices and make these dried orange slice ornaments.
How to dry orange slices
It’s super easy to dry orange slices. I also do grapefruits too because I just love the color!
- Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees F.
- Slice your oranges and grapefruits about 1/4 inch thick.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the citruses on the parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for about 5-6 hours, flipping regularly so that each side is dried evenly.
- Let cool
How to make dried orange slice ornaments
You will need:
- a needle with a large eye
- orange slices
- Start by threading some or the twine through the eye of the needle.
- With the point end of your needle, pierce the cranberry and pull it through so that it is on the twine.
- Repeat with the orange slices and cranberries in whatever pattern you choose.
- Cut the twine and tie the ends together.
Use to decorate your tree.
In the past, I’ve also done dried orange slice garlands. Click here to see how.
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If there was a flower that exuded summer and coastal aesthetic its hydrangeas. I picture beautiful coastal homes with lush hydrangeas in vibrant blues and pinks and purples. Did you know that you can dry out your hydrangeas to use them in your decor all year long? Scroll down to see how to dry hydrangeas.
And if you’re loving the coastal vibe, click here to check out the Coastal Grandmother aesthetic that’s trending.
How to dry hydrangeas
Our hydrangeas exploded this year! I have strawberry vanilla hydrangeas and limelight and the colors were just gorgeous!
Late August-October is the perfect time to harvest them to dry out so you can enjoy them all year long. You’ll notice that the hydrangeas start to dry out a little on their own and become almost papery and a little crunchy in texture. You’ll also notice the color beginning to deepen and they start to look a little vintage. This is the best time to cut them.
Now you absolutely can just cut them and bring them in and allow to dry on their own or hand them upside down. But this is my favorite method below. I find that it yields a nicer color.
How to dry your hydrangreas
1.) Cut your stems so they are about 12 inches long.
2.) Remove all of the leaves from the stems.
3.) Place them in a vase of about 1-2 inches of water.
4.) Place the vase out of direct sunlight and allow the water to evaporate (about 1-2 weeks). This will naturally dry out your hydrangeas.
You can arrange your dried hydrangeas in vases, baskets or even make a dried hydrangea wreath. The muted tones are beautiful all year long!
My door basket below is sold out but here is a similar one I’ve linked below.
Dried hydrangeas also look gorgeous in a wreath. I like to use this wire wreath frame, click here.
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It’s September 1st so poof overnight – magically pumpkins everywhere! It’s no secret that fall is my favorite time of year. Over the years, I’ve shared some of my favorite fall recipes and decor. There’s more to come this season, but I thought I would do a little roundup. Follow me over on my instagram for more fall inspo
Below check out my Best of Fall Recipes, DIYs and Decor
Showing you how to make this DIY pumpkin topiary and faux cabbage arrangements.
An easy appetizer with baked brie and warm pumpkin butter. This would be a hit for Thanksgiving!
An easy way to give those Dollar Store pumpkins a glow up and showing you how to make a fall tablescape
I made this simple garland with things that I found at the Dollar Store!
Get the look of cozy cableknit pumpkins using an old sweater
A fun way to leave a surprise for your friends and neighbors.
Last year’s porch was filled with muted pumpkins, cornstalks and my favorite faux mums! I’ve linked them all in the post so you can re-create the look.
This is the perfect sweet and salty snack with hints of pumpkin spice flavors!
My favorite fall soup and crockpot recipe. This is a great recipe too if you’re vegan, plant based, or trying to eat healthy.
Now you can make your own pumpkin spice latte at home! This recipe is also great if you’re keto.
This is my favorite fall breakfast and it’s great for the holidays too!
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